5. I do have multiple copies of the same book
As an appendix to my previous point, I would like to add that I do legitimately and quite happily possess multiple copies of the same book. Why? Because these books are my bestest friends of all.
You know those feelings of nostalgia and strong attachment I was talking about in point 3? They are particularly intense for these books. Usually, this takes the form of the original books that I read, most likely in a mass market paperback format that I can’t bear to part with because of the emotional attachment I have to that first reading, plus beautifully produced hardback/anniversary/celebratory reprint editions that I ooo and ahh over and have been known to stroke and reverently leaf through.One series has gotten a bit out of hand, mind you, and that’s Harry Potter. I have no less than eight versions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone in the US). They are:
- the original hardback
- the Clare Melinsky cover art hardback edition published in Nov 2011
- the Jim Kay illustrated edition
- the 20th anniversary Ravenclaw hardback edition
- the Spanish edition
- the Italian edition
- the Chinese edition
- the Latin edition
And yes, I can read it in all those versions. I also have the audiobook read by Stephen Fry, which is like melted chocolate in my ears. The long and short is, I will literally pay Bloomsbury (UK publisher) over and over and over again for the same content in a different format. And I don’t care! Frankly, I can’t get enough of Harry Potter, so I don’t believe for a second that those eight will be the limit of my collection. But like any collector, a collection gives me such joy inside, and my HP books have definitely gone beyond my usual originals plus aesthetically pleasing editions and now reside under the heading of a collection.
So there you have it. Five confessions of a proud bookaholic. My shelves bring me joy and nostalgia and thrilling possibilities, and I wouldn’t change them for the world.
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